The battle for the future of commerce and retail

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The battle for the future of commerce and retail

Sears’ revenue dropped $3 billion in 2016. Macy’s net income dropped 43 per cent, and JC Penney generated $5 billion less revenue in 2016 than it did in 2011.

But in the last year alone, Amazon captured almost $102 billion more stock price growth than all of its retail competitors combined.

What’s happening? Is it a retailpocalypse?

It almost seems that way, especially with Amazon’s recently completed acquisition of Whole Foods. Amazon cut food prices by almost halfimmediately, and $40 billion in market value vanished from new grocery competitors Kroger, Costco, Target, and Walgreens overnight.

Amazon certainly makes a convenient target …

Read the full story on the University of Waterloo’s website.


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